Raspberry and Strawberry Protein Smoothie
Smoothies with fruits, especially with berries are one of my favorite ones. And when some protein source is added, such smoothies become full meals suitable for breakfasts, daily meals and snacks and even as bedtime smoothies, if protein sources are slow enough.
Making raspberry and strawberry smoothie is rather quick:
In suitable pot, put raspberries, strawberries and low fat or cottage cheese. Raspberreis and strawberries are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and digestive fibers, while cottage cheese is low-fat and low-carb source of slow digesting protein and it is rich in calcium.
If you would like to increase protein content even further, add some protein supplement in powdered form, neutral flavor or some fruit flavor. If you like chocolate, feel free to add even chocolate flavored protein powder.
For breakfasts and daily snacks, whey protein powder can be added, although MRP powders are recommended due to slower digestion. For bedtime shake recipes, add casein protein powder (digested for 6-8 hours) and some peanut butter.
Note: some people recommend not eating fruits for dinner due to carb content, however, glycemic index of berries is low and since amounts are in moderation, their glycemic load is low, too.
Using hand stick blender, blend everything. Or just use ordinary blender.
Note: berries and cottage cheese contain plenty of water, so there is no need to add any more liquids. However, if you prefer 'thinner' shakes, add some water, milk, fruit juice or some freshly squeezed lemon juice.
After blending, pour shake into suitable pot and drink/eat it.
Or, pour it into the glasses, add some dark chocolate chips and a single strawberry as decoration.
Serve it right away, or cool it little bit in the fridge and eat it as healthy, very tasty, berry ice-cream.
Nutritional value of this meal is given in the following table:
|Calories:||108 kcal||156 kcal||72 kcal||-|
This meal contains around 340 calories, mostly coming from carbs and proteins, little bit less from fats.
However, if you want to reduce amount of calories, feel free not to add dark chocolate. Nutritional content of such meal is given in the following table:
|Calories:||104 kcal||136 kcal||45 kcal||-|
Without dark chocolate, this meal would have around 290 kcal. Dark chocolate has it's own benefits, and adding it a little bit from time to time is beneficial both for body and to improve already great taste and aroma of this smoothie.
Fiber content is great - this meal provides almost a half of daily required fibers, with relatively low amount of carbs.
Of course, feel free to adjust amounts of ingredients to fit your daily needs and goals.